Five random things that I am grateful for today:
The pioneers. Due to the fact that today is Pioneer Day, this "random thing" is not that random. Nevertheless, I am extremely grateful for them. This day makes me think about when I went on the Pioneer Trek with my ward, paying respect and homage to our ancestors. We walked about an average of 15 miles a day, sometimes more sometimes less, and I can honestly tell you that there were times where I was pushed to my physical limits. Only doing it for a few days killed me...I cannot begin to fathom the strength that the people who trekked across the plains had. Because of them, I have a home here in the beautiful Salt Lake valley, a home that I can practice what I so strongly believe in. My pioneer ancestors were courageous and strong, standing up for not only their own lives, but the lives of their posterity.
My family. I'm sure that I will do another blog post regarding them pretty soon, but all of my cousins are in town these next two weeks, and I am so excited to continue spending time with them.
My bedroom. I just re-did my room, and I'm going to be real with you here...I'm pretty proud of it. I painted it, bought new bedding and wall decorations, and finally cleaned it. That must sound worldly and vain, but I firmly believe that when you live in a tranquil place, your life is peaceful.
My health. Though having Celiac Disease is sometimes really difficult, things could be much worse. I am so grateful that living a gluten free life is the only health concern that I have at the moment.
The fan in my room. This one speaks for itself. Salt Lake has become pretty warm the past few weeks.
"For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I hope you Utahns had an exciting holiday!